A LOADED gun was found in Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn’s purse at a security checkpoint at the Charlotte airport, police said.
He was issued a citation by police on April 26 in one of the latest controversies surrounding the North Carolina representative after he faced sexual harassment allegations and was detained by police multiple times.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesman told The Sun on Tuesday that the weapon was found at Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 9 a.m.
Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) received a notification from TSA about the firearm, which was found inside a bag at a security checkpoint.
Cawthorn told CMPD officers the gun was his and was issued a citation for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property.
Police said it is standard procedure for the CMPD Airport Division to cite someone for a misdemeanor in lieu of an arrest, unless there are associated felony charges or extenuating circumstances.
Also Tuesday, the Washington Examiner published an article citing experts who said Cawthorn may have violated federal insider trading laws.
The “multiple watchdog groups” told the outlet that the potential violations stem from him promoting the Let’s Go Brandon cryptocurrency, which he called an alleged pump-and-dump scheme.
Calls and emails from The Sun to Cawthorn’s press team about the weapons citation and crypto scheme allegations were not immediately returned on Tuesday.
Cawthorn was in the news on Friday after Politico published photos of him wearing lingerie.
The 26-year-old appeared to brush off the resurfaced photos, which show him in a lace top and bra, as “silly vacation photos”.
He said on Twitter that they were taken during a game on a cruise ship “long before” he ran for Congress. Furthermore, he made fun of the situation by asking his followers to share their most embarrassing vacation photos.
CLAIMS OF ORGY AND COCAINE
Cawthorn came under fire in late March for claims he made on a podcast about being invited to orgies and the use of cocaine by his colleagues.
The congressman made the comments about “sexual perversion” in Washington in response to a question about whether House Of Cards contained any truth about the DC political scene.
Fellow Republican and Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack argued that it was inappropriate for Cawthorn to paint lawmakers with such a broad brush.
Cawthorn responded days later, saying “the left and the media” were using the words to disparage fellow Republicans.
“The culture in Washington is corrupt,” he wrote in a statement.
Cawthorn went on to say that he would not back down from “the mob.”
More controversy surrounded the lawmaker after a former aide filed a complaint, alleging she was improperly denied time off in two family medical emergencies, The New York Post reported.
SERIES OF TRAFFIC STOPS
Cawthorn was charged with driving on a revoked license in March in the latest in a series of traffic stops involving the lawmaker.
The video showed the most recent stop by a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer for a left-of-center violation, CNBC reported.
It was unclear why his license was reportedly revoked at the time. The news outlet reported that he was pulled over by police in October for driving 89 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.
A third traffic stop took place in Polk County in January after police said he was going 17 mph over the speed limit, according to CNBC.
ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Cawthorn was plagued by sexual harassment allegations in March 2021, when several women told CNN he put them in “uncomfortable situations” while he was a student at Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
The women claimed he made unwanted advances on them during what were supposed to be “fun rides” in the car, the outlet reported.
Cawthorn repeatedly denied wrongdoing, and her office pointed to CNN a September 2020 statement in which Cawthorn said, “I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life.”
He also denied claims by two women who alleged Cawthorn “forcibly kissed or touched” them years ago.
He reportedly told CNN that he was sorry for his actions and apologized to anyone he “made feel uncomfortable.”
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